|mmm that's a pity... |
If you can find a source locally that may have a suitable battery - possibly a used computer outlet, or even a computer fair - often spares etc. there - you might be able to test with a different battery and see if it will charge?
A trawl via Google may bring up an inexpensive replacement battery (and also Amazon - often good deals there for batteries) ? I would be less inclined to new MoBo if it's more than say quarter-half the cost of a new laptop? Replacing a laptop MoBo is quite a chore. a oot to strip down and remove; and more than a few connectors etc. to redo/reseat - securely - if it's all to work OK afterwards.
Do you have the (service) manual for the Dell ? There is often a basic "user" manual - how to get it working and so on; and then the more complete/complex actual "service manual" - how to take the laptop apart etc.. It's the latter you would be well wise to secure and have a good read - before opting to replace the MoBo...
Incidentally there is whole slew of stuff about this problem; this is the google list... Perhaps have a look-see incase there's anything amongst them that may resolve the problem?
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